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Pentas carnea

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Features

  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPink red, purple
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Pentas carnea. This is a woody based evergreen perennial with ovate to elliptic hairy leaves, It will bear corymbs of tubular flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Africa and the Middle East

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

You will need to plant them in moist, well-drained soil with full sun or partial-shade. To encourage bloom and growth, pinch back regularly, remember to deadhead and trim lightly in early spring.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed in spring or from softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to whitefly, aphids and red spider mites.

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